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Maha Hilal

Maha Hilal

Dr. Maha Hilal is a researcher and writer on institutionalized Islamophobia and author of the book Innocent Until Proven Muslim: Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and the Muslim Experience Since 9/11.  Her writings have appeared in Vox, Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye, Newsweek, Business Insider, and Common Dreams among others.  She is the founding Executive Director of the Muslim Counterpublics Lab, an organizer with Witness Against Torture and a Council member of the School of the Americas Watch. She earned her doctorate in May 2014 from the Department of Justice, Law and Society at American University in Washington, D.C.  She received her Master's Degree in Counseling and her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Articles by this author

 

Undermining Judge Jackson's SCOTUS Confirmation: The GOP, Islamophobia, and Guantanamo

Judge Jackson is more than qualified to join the SCOTUS bench. That’s why it’s important to see past the blatant weaponization of Islamophobia to undermine her candidacy.

Maha Hilal ·


Admitting the Terrorism Watchlist Was Unconstitutional is Important, But Not Nearly Enough

We must acknowledge the totality of the U.S.' collateral damage, from those subject to extra scrutiny at airports to those being bombed in their home countries for nothing more than adhering to Islam.

Maha Hilal ·


There's a Simple Explanation for Racial Disparities in Terrorism Prosecutions: Racism

Whether authorities classify an act as "terrorist" depends almost entirely on who carries it out, not what they did

Maha Hilal ·


Democrats Might Oppose Trump’s National Emergency, But They’re Hardly the Resistance

While Congress and Trump debate the legality of declaring a National Emergency, our violence abroad causing forced migration will continue unabated.

Maha Hilal ·


If We Want to Support Refugees, We Need To End the Wars That Create Them

The sanctuary movement needs an anti-war voice.

Azadeh Shahshahani ·


Trump Plans to Make It Easier to Kill Civilians with Drones. Sadly, We Can Thank Obama for That.

As the war on terror enters its 17th year, it's clear that abuses of power by one administration lead to abuses by the next.

Maha Hilal ·


Abu Ghraib Prison Was Closed in 2014, But Its Horrendous Legacy Lives On

With no end to the war on terror, the legacy of Abu Ghraib prison remains as important as ever, especially where a lack of accountability continues to permeate all operations in Iraq

Maha Hilal ·


The War on Terror Has Targeted Muslims Almost Exclusively

The war on terror was supposed to be about making our country safer. As a Muslim American, I don’t feel safer at all.

Maha Hilal ·

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